- Governor Rochas Okorocha has terminated the appointment of key cabinet staff seeking elections next year
- Top on the list are his chief of staff, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and secretary to the government of Imo state, Chief George Eche
- The governor in a statement said the sacking was to enable them advance their political chances
Ahead of the 2019 elections, Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday, September 12, sacked the secretary to the state government, George Eche; his chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, who is also his son-in-law; deputy chief of staff, Kingsley Uju; and his principal secretary, Paschal Obi, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that a statement issued in Owerri by Sam Onwuemeodo, the chief press secretary to the governor, disclosed that the affected appointees were contesting elective positions on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The sacking was to enable them advance their political chances ahead of the APC primaries.
Others affected by the development are Emma Ojinero, commissioner for trade, investment and commerce; Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, information commissioner; Ngozi Njoku, commissioner for gender and social development.
Joy Mbawuike, commissioner for market development; Obinna Mbata, commissioner for finance; Dan Nworie, commissioner for tertiary education; Simeon Iwunze, special adviser Urban Renewal; Obinna Amagwula, special assistant general duties and Betty Uzoma, special assistant finance, were affected equally.
All the affected politicians have the backing of the governor except Eche who had in defiance to the governor’s instruction to contest the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala House of Representatives seat is vying for the APC governorship ticket.
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NAIJ.com had previously reported that Governor Okorocha stated that he won't aspire to be a senator in 2019.
The governor made the comment when about 5,000 members of the Rochas Mandate Movement held a solidarity rally for him in Owerri, on Friday December 15.
The governor's statement is coming at a time most of his colleagues gearing up to leave their respective government houses are preparing to contest for senatorial positions.
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